Definition of Dear

1. Noun. A beloved person; used as terms of endearment.

Exact synonyms: Beloved, Dearest, Honey, Love
Generic synonyms: Lover
Derivative terms: Beloved, Love, Love

2. Adjective. Dearly loved.
Exact synonyms: Beloved, Darling
Similar to: Loved
Derivative terms: Beloved, Darling

3. Adverb. With affection. "He treats her affectionately"
Exact synonyms: Affectionately, Dearly
Partainyms: Affectionate

4. Noun. A sweet innocent mild-mannered person (especially a child).
Exact synonyms: Lamb
Generic synonyms: Inexperienced Person, Innocent

5. Adjective. With or in a close or intimate relationship. "My sisters and brothers are near and dear"
Exact synonyms: Good, Near
Similar to: Close

6. Adverb. At a great cost. "This cost him dear"
Exact synonyms: Dearly

7. Adjective. Earnest. "Heartfelt condolences"
Exact synonyms: Devout, Earnest, Heartfelt
Similar to: Sincere
Derivative terms: Earnestness

8. Adjective. Having a high price. "A pricey restaurant"
Exact synonyms: Costly, High-priced, Pricey, Pricy
Similar to: Expensive
Derivative terms: Cost, Costliness, Dearness, Price, Price, Price, Price

Definition of Dear

1. a. Bearing a high price; high-priced; costly; expensive.

2. n. A dear one; lover; sweetheart.

3. adv. Dearly; at a high price.

4. v. t. To endear.

Definition of Dear

1. Adjective. Loved; lovable. ¹

2. Adjective. Loving, affectionate, heartfelt ¹

3. Adjective. Precious to or greatly valued by someone. ¹

4. Adjective. High in price; expensive. ¹

5. Adjective. A formal way to start (possibly after ''my'') addressing somebody at the beginning of a letter, memo etc. ¹

6. Adjective. A formal way to start (often after ''my'') addressing somebody one likes or regards kindly. ¹

7. Adjective. An ironic way to start (often after ''my'') addressing an inferior. ¹

8. Adjective. (obsolete) noble ¹

9. Noun. A very kind, loving person. ¹

10. Noun. A beloved person ¹

11. Adjective. Severe(ly affected), sore ¹

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Definition of Dear

1. greatly loved [adj DEARER, DEAREST] / a loved one [n -S]

Medical Definition of Dear

1. 1. Bearing a high price; high-priced; costly; expensive. "The cheapest of us is ten groats too dear." (Shak) 2. Marked by scarcity or dearth, and exorbitance of price; as, a dear year. 3. Highly valued; greatly beloved; cherished; precious. "Hear me, dear lady." "Neither count I my life dear unto myself." (Acts xx. 24) "And the last joy was dearer than the rest." (Pope) "Dear as remember'd kisses after death." (Tennyson) 4. Hence, close to the heart; heartfelt; present in mind; engaging the attention. Of agreeable things and interests. "[I'll] leave you to attend him: some dear cause Will in concealment wrap me up awhile." (Shak) "His dearest wish was to escape from the bustle and glitter of Whitehall." (Macaulay) Of disagreeable things and antipathies. "In our dear peril." (Shak) "Would I had met my dearest foe in heaven Or ever I had seen that day." (Shak) Origin: OE. Dere, deore, AS. Deore; akin to OS. Diuri, D. Duur, OHG. Tiuri, G. Theuer, teuer, Icel. Dr, Dan. & Sw. Dyr. Cf. Darling, Dearth. A dear one; lover; sweetheart. "That kiss I carried from thee, dear." (Shak) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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